Lake Louise is frozen!!!

Trip Start Mar 22, 2009
Trip End Jun 12, 2009

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

I'm sorry that I haven't been able to update the travel pod, but I have had problems with accessing the internet over the past few days.

And then when I did have access, I find out that Richmond has lost again!!!

We spent 2 wonderful days at Victoria on Vancouver Island.   We stayed at the Inn at Laurel Point which was right on the water and had a wonderful view of the ferries travelling backwards and forwards from the States and  also we were able to watch seaplanes taking off and landing right in front of us.

The highlight of Victoria was undoubtably the Butchart Gardens.   We spent a couple of hours there and would have stayed longer except that the bus only went every 2 hours and we didn't want to stay that long.   The flowers were beautiful.   This is built on a disused quarry and the owners must have had incredible vision to design such a place.

We also did a local sightseeing tour and on Monday it was the Victoria Day holiday so we were able to watch most of the Victoria Day parade before heading back to Vancouver via bus and ferry.

Back in Vancouver we stayed 1 night at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - very nice!!!   But the cost of everything there was expensive so we had dinner outside the hotel!!!!

On Tuesday we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer train.    We were in the Gold leaf section and so had wonderful views of the mountains and we were spoilt with heaps of food and drinks (all included).

We stayed overnight in Kamloops and went and saw a dinner/show which was OK but nothing to write home about.

The second day on the train (Wednesday) was the best for sights.   We gradually climbed into the mountains and so saw lots of snow and high peaks.   We met some nice people on the train and this made the journey better.

Wednesday and Thursday nights we stayed at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - this was also very posh but was about 4kms outside the town of Jasper and so very isolated for people like us without a car.   However we enjoyed our 2 nights there (even though we blew the budget for meals!!!!).   On Thursday we did a tour to Maligne Canyon and also the Maligne Lake.   We were supposed to do a cruise on Maligne Lake but it was frozen!!!   Was a nice trip and good to see more of the country and wildlife.

By the way, while we were on the train we saw some black bears and since then we have seen elk, deer, wolves and long horn sheep.

Yesterday (Friday) we came by bus from Jasper to Lake Louise.   On the way we stopped at the Columbia Ice Fields and went on an ice explorer.   Was lots of fun and Anne thought that the guide on the Ice Explorer was very cute!!!!!

The actual road from Jasper to Lake Lousie is called the Icefields Parkway and is only open for cars and tourist buses.  Commercial trucks are forbidden.   The views of the snow-capped mountains and glaciers all the way across are superb.    

Today has ben a relaxing day at Lake Louise.   We are staying at the Chateau Lake Louise which is very nice and we have a superb view of the lake from our room.   This morning we went for a 6km walk around the lake which included a very short part ofwalking on snow and ice - was difficult to stay upright at times!!!  

Tomorrow we travel by bus to Banff.
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